By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Thierry Henry has claimed that Roberto Firmino has the potential to emulate Luis Suarez at Liverpool.
The Arsenal legend made the comparison in the wake of the Brazil international’s display at Crystal Palace on Sunday, as the Merseysiders came from a goal behind to beat the hosts 2-1 with 10 men.
Henry is impressed at how much more efficient Firmino has become in and around the penalty area following his early months acclimatising to English football.
The 24-year-old scored the equaliser at Selhurst Park with a composed finish, and he has now scored seven goals and supplied four assists in Premier League matches in 2016, a ratio that is more than any other player, including Sergio Aguero, Diego Costa and Riyad Mahrez.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Liverpool’s 2-1 victory at Palace, Henry addressed the question of whether Firmino is good enough to lead the Reds to the Premier League title.
“I will give him the benefit of the doubt because he has just arrived and he needs to settle,” observed Henry. “Things changed during the season and it isn’t always easy. He is starting to show some signs that he can be that guy.
“Is he Luis Suarez? At the moment, he isn’t Suarez. But he might be [in the future]. Is he the guy who is going to make Liverpool win a title? I don’t know.
“He is doing extremely well. If he can build a partnership with Philippe Coutinho, who knows?”
Firmino moved to Anfield from German club Hoffenheim last summer for a fee of around £29million.